Alison O'Connor is a person who needs to help others - it's almost like an obsession.
During the day, O'Connor is a therapist for people with special needs. But it's not just people she likes to help - she has also taken a particular interest in dogs with special needs.
"My last dog Petey had dementia," O'Connor told The Dodo. "He required a lot of care. It was really heartbreaking and sad, but it sort of became my daily routine."
Petey died in 2014, leaving a gaping hole in O'Connor's life - she desperately wanted someone else to care for.